We have been doing a fun new feature where I highlighted other gluten-free bloggers that I think are doing a great job in the gluten-free community. I have many ideas for bloggers in mind but if you know of someone you would just love to see featured (or you would like to be featured yourself) please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The gluten-free blogger I will be featuring today just radiates with the passion and love she has for gluten-free cooking. She is honest and sweet in her approach to gluten-free living. I now introduce to you, Alta of Tasty Eats At Home!
Please tell everyone a little about yourself.
My name is Alta Mantsch. I’m 30 years old and happily married to a wonderful man with 3 children. In my non-blog life, I work as a compliance manager for a credit union. So, my days are busy. I also play amateur indoor soccer – it’s a great way to stay in shape and relieve stress.
Please tell me about your gluten-free blog.
I manage a gluten-free food blog, Tasty Eats At Home, where I share gluten-free recipes, cooked from scratch. Many are healthy and easy to prepare, and most are very budget-friendly. I do, however, enjoy an occasional splurge – and an occasional dessert! I also have a biweekly event on the blog called Kids in the Kitchen. Each weekend that the kids visit, one of the kids has a turn in the kitchen, where we prepare a meal of their choice, completely from scratch. I feel it’s so valuable for them to learn to cook more than just a boxed meal!
How long have you been blogging? Almost 2 years
Why did you start a gluten-free blog?
Well, it didn’t start as a gluten-free blog. It was just a blog that I started to share my cooking adventures and recipes with a few friends and family. Little did I know what an amazing community I’d discover! When I became gluten-free in June 2009, I focused my blog on gluten-free cooking. I’d already become acquainted with gluten-free cooking (My father is a diagnosed celiac, and my brother and sister both live gluten-free and have improved significantly on the diet), so I felt this was an easy transition. Looking back, the transition hasn’t been as easy as I thought, but I’ve learned a great deal, and hopefully I’ve shared that with my readers. My aim is to provide delicious, nutritious gluten-free recipes, and I also strive to take the stress out of a gluten-free lifestyle.
What kinds of products do you feature on your blog?
I don’t really “feature” any products in particular – just those that I come across that I really enjoy. I prefer to make my own GF baking mixes, but I will use a Pamela’s baking mix in a pinch (they’re the best I’ve found), and I mention certain products that I come across that I find particularly delicious, nutritious, or that I know for certain are gluten-free.
What would you like to see with your gluten-free blog in the future?
I would love to become a valuable resource to people in various stages of a gluten-free lifestyle – from those that are overwhelmed and newly diagnosed, to those who want to venture into gluten-free baking, to those seasoned veterans just looking for a new recipe.
What do you love about gluten-free blogging most?
I love when I hear from a reader “Oh wow, I thought I’d never be able to eat “X” again! Thank you so much!” Those of us following a gluten-free diet know what it’s like to go through mourning of our favorite gluten-containing foods. It’s such a special event when we find a gluten-free alternative that truly tastes good.
Do you do giveaways? If so, what was your favorite giveaway?
On occasion I do giveaways. I am picky about what products I give away – I only want to share high-quality things that I truly believe in with my readers. So far, my favorite giveaway for the Xagave nectar and a cookbook. I really enjoyed that book and wanted to share in my excitement with a lucky reader.
Tell me some of your favorite gluten-free blogs that you read.
Oh, I hope I don’t leave anyone out! I read:
How can people find you?
Check me out at http://tastyeatsathome.wordpress.com, or email me at email@example.com